2014 Kia Sportage vs. Its Competition

2014 Kia Sportage
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

An athletic driving feel and turbo power are two of the main points that separate the Kia Sportage from most of the other crossovers in this class.

The Hyundai Tucson is a mechanical cousin of the Kia, but with softer "fluidic sculpture" styling and without the turbo-four option.

The Nissan Rogue is due to be all-new this year, with an improved feature set, although its continuously variable transmission doesn't make it feel all that lively.

The Chevy Equinox is noticeably bigger than the Sportage, but the four-cylinder model gets the same top EPA highway rating, and its second-row seat slides for flexible interior space.

The Honda CR-V makes the most of its interior space and reputation for durability, while styling's just improved enough to ignore, and fuel economy's now a bit above average.

There's also the Ford Escape, which has very sporty handling and styling, and features that will awe some and confuse others.

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With up to 260 horsepower on tap and styling that's suitably athletic, the 2014 Kia Sportage shows that practical compact crossover wagons don't need to be so stodgy.
7.8
The 2014 Chevrolet Equinox is every bit as solid, spacious, and well-equipped as cost-conscious families could expect -- and far more quiet and refined than many other models without a luxury badge.
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With authentically athletic looks and performance balancing out good passenger space, cargo versatility, and loads of high-tech features, the 2014 Ford Escape is attractive to a wide range of buyers.
7.6
The 2014 Honda CR-V isn't exactly sprightly, but it nails efficiency on a few levels and finally brings more features to the family-wagon fight.
7.4
A better ride and improved handling should add to the appeal of the 2014 Hyundai Tucson, which carries forward with curvaceous sheetmetal and against-the-grain crossover styling.
7.6
The 2014 Nissan Rogue gets mainstreamed in all the right ways, though engine noise and the teensy third-row seat are minor letdowns.
MSRP From     
$21,600$24,440$23,100$23,120$21,450$22,790
Gas Mileage     
19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded I-4Gas/Ethanol I4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD2WD Sport Utility VehicleSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Style Name     
2WD 4-Door LXFWD 4-Door LSFWD 4-Door S2WD 5-Door LXFWD 4-Door GLSFWD 4-Door S
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport Utility VehicleSport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/OD